Welcome to Bethel Park
Welcome to the official website of the Municipality of Bethel Park. Bethel Park is situated in the south hills of Pittsburgh, and is host to a diverse variety of housing, shopping and transportation needs. Please, browse our site to find out about all of the great services the Municipality of Bethel Park has to offer. Check back frequently to keep up to date with all of the latest events, programs and meetings going on in our community. Bethel Park is a great place to live in, shop at and visit.
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Remembering Charles Michael Swaim
Pfc, USMC - 06/1966-02/1967
The Bethel Park Veterans Memorial Committee is dedicated to honoring all current and former residents who have served in our nation’s military. Thousands of names are engraved across several granite stones that stand tall at the entrance to the Bethel Park Municipal Building. Every effort is made to ensure no one is forgotten. Early in 2012 it came to the attention of Councilman James McLean that a Bethel Park resident and childhood neighbor of Mr. McLean’s was not listed on the Memorial. Charles Michael Swaim, a US Marine, gave the ultimate sacrifice on February 10, 1967 while serving in the Vietnam War. A quest began to locate the family of Charles Swaim so that proper recognition of the fallen hero could be made.
On Memorial Day, 2012 the Veterans Memorial Committee honored the memory of Charles Michael Swaim in the presence of his twin sister Margaret (Margi) Meyers, his sister, Julie, other family members and fellow Marine and best friend, Gerald Hines.
While that day came and went, that would not be the end of the recognition due to Charles Swaim. As a part of a class project, Virtual Vietnam, which memorializes many of the soldiers killed in action, Mia Cavazos of Westlake High school in Austin, Texas was assigned the project of creating a tribute for US Marine Charles Michael Swaim. Ms Cavazos reached out to the family of Mr. Swaim and ultimately to the Bethel Park Veterans Memorial Committee for information about the life of Charles Swaim. The following link is the finished product, it is a wonderful tribute honoring a fallen hero who once called Bethel Park home. http://www4.eanesisd.net/~vietnam/files/Swain,%20Charles%20Michael.m4v